Norco Range Killer B Three Overall Impressions
This bike is a killer value for the money. It’s such a downhill-biased bike that it could be considered to be overkill for people who don’t have plenty of technical downhill trails. If you’ve got a good selection of aggressively gravity-oriented technical terrain, or if you’re never in a particular rush to get uphill but want to max out charging downhills, then the Range is your bike.
Many will ask about the 650b wheels. I’ve had about 15 rides on the Range to date and can’t say that I’ve made up my mind about the wheels yet. What’s really stuck in my mind is the completeness of the bike as a package; its that superbly well thought out.
In a follow-up article, I’m planning to compare the 650b version to a 26-inch wheeled Range. This won’t be scientific at all (I’d better leave that to the Germans) but it will satisfy my own nagging curiosity. Look for that in a month or so. In the meantime, if you want to geek out on wheel sizes look at Francis’s video here:
- Price price price. The bike is $2899. The Range frame alone is $2720. Did I mention price?
- The X-Fusion suspension is beyond fantastic. The front fork was particularly stiff and I applaud Norco for spec’ing the 20mm Xfusion.
- Fun, playful yet stable-at-speed downhill performer.
- A.R.T. makes a tremendous difference for slow grinding uphills
- Will keep the fashionistas happy by having cutting edge 650b technology
- Not going to win any uphill sprinting time-trials (weight in particular in the sluggishness of the wheels)
- Lots of room for upgrades (remember this is a value-priced bike)
- Will identify the owner as a fashionistas by having cutting edge 650b technology
Here’s our initial thoughts on the Sight and Range during the product launch late last season. http://reviews.mtbr.com/2013-norco-range-and-sight-650b-bikes